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Most children daydream. Most children have imaginary friends they play out creative scenarios with. Their fantasy world is a simple, joyful distraction from their outer lives. Eventually their outer lives take root, and they grow out of it. Their playful fantasies become unnecessary as they develop more fulfilling relationships. Their fantasy dream world fades into the past as nothing but a wonderful childhood memory. Usually they forget it ever existed.
For some of us............it doesn't, and the consequences can be drastic.
For the past 30 years I've been living in an alternate reality that has completely taken over my life. Instead of fading into the past, it became my reality. The outside world faded & faded, and I've been fighting to reclaim it. Long past the point of being a joyful fantasy, it's become an addiction that I have unlimited access to. I have no self control. I can only distract myself out of it. I'm like an alcoholic with an unlimited supply of booze everywhere I go. When I do it too much I feel sick & dazed, yet I can't stop. I've stepped out into traffic & almost gotten myself killed more times than I can count. I've gotten better & am struggling to find footing in the outside world. In the meantime, I want to reach out.
This condition has a name. It's called Maladaptive Daydreaming, also known as Compulsive Fantasizing. I spent years feeling alone and scared, like I was the only one on the planet that could possibly be going through this. I felt like a freak. I was completely ashamed and scared to death anyone would find out. It's time to end that. We're not freaks. Our brains work differently. Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers) lead unique and enriching lives. We have wondrous gifts and gut-wrenching struggles. For the good and the bad, this condition takes a lot of strength and energy to live with. I refuse to be ashamed, and I don't want anyone else to be either.
I know there are others out there who are experiencing a similar kind of condition. Hopefully they're not experiencing it to the extreme that I have. Either way, let's talk. Perhaps we can find some answers together.
This forum isn't just for Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers). Many disorders do overlap. Feel free to discuss any that you like. Let's keep the dialog going.
One day, I hope we can all stand proud and learn to live the best of both worlds. Once we do, I'm sure we'll feel better off for having had this condition.
It started when I was twelve. I used to day dream during classes (especially Chemistry), long car rides, and, of course, before bed.After 14 years, he's still there, same face, just minor personality changes.Whenever I'm in a new relationship, he…Continue
My MD situation started very young and is usually negative and rarely positive. It usually involves negative antagonists that make my life miserable and challenging. Even the positive MDs start great and then someone comes in to mess it up. Often…Continue
I've been lurking here for a while but I've finally worked up the courage to post.I'm nearly 50 years old and I've been a MD'er from a very, very young age (my guess is it started around 4-5 years old - from what I can remember). I have never been…Continue
I find the game was mega useful when thinking up my characters appearance and personalities. So whenever I did go back to my daydreams I could just imangine my sims faces.It's also a good way to live my fantasies in my mind without having to…Continue
Dedicated to all those of you scared of losing MD.--- If someone were to give you a pill that would cure MD, would you take it?Would you end this?You could call this a typical dilemma that eventually slaps every addict in the face and keeps them in…Continue
so my brother is older than me, old enough to drive, so my parents are planning to get him a car. One day they were talking about driving in the other room and I just happened to say something about how I would probably be terrible at driving…Continue
Hey!I am just wondering if someone else does this. I make an awesome character backstory, personality, plot. But I have a problem when making my characters : the names. When I was younger the characters didn't need names. Every time someone said…Continue
Hi everyone. I think this was covered once before but I can't seem to find the original post. Something that bothers me and is always lurking in the back of my mind is my character's ages vs their real ages.My conundrum is: when the 'me' character…Continue
I throw the term addiction a lot when talking about MD but I figured it might need some explaining because addiction, although it seems like a totally incoherent behavior or just a messed up brain chemistry, is one very logical mechanism. ---Put…Continue
Events in the last few months and most notably the last couple of weeks have had me thinking about the possibility of there being "stages" to a maladaptive daydreamer's condition over time, different for everyone down to the details but apparently…Continue
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This is an article I wrote for my writing class about MD.
Out of My Mind…Continue